8 great Emmy moments

Neil Patrick Harris, left, Jane Lynch, middle, and Charlie Sheen. (Reuters file photos)

Neil Patrick Harris, left, Jane Lynch, middle, and Charlie Sheen. (Reuters file photos)

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:32 PM ET

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards airs this Monday. Even though it's an awards show, with stars and stuff, it didn't quite feel like it was big enough to go up against pre-season Sunday Night Football.

So is anyone really going to watch? Well, maybe you'll break away from Monday night baseball or whatever to glance at the opening or one of the skits sprinkled in between. Heck, even the most jaded TV watcher can admit those parts of the Emmys are usually a bit of fun.

For the first time, Seth Meyers hosts (so, OK, maybe you'll PVR it). But before it starts, let's run down our five favourite Emmy moments. From Conan O'Brien showing up at Dunder Mifflin (I still miss those Office cats), to Jane Lynch sparring with Don Draper, to last year's How I Met Your Mother intervention, the Emmys always kicks off with a bang.

Jimmy Fallon and the Glee stars channel the Boss (2010)

The Tonight Show host teamed up with castmembers from Glee. Memorable cameos from Jon Hamm, Tina Fey and a kickass song (the Boss' Born to Run), made this intro the Emmys' most memorable.

Conan O'Brien gets LOST (2006)

Coco's plane crashes on the way to the Emmys and he finds himself stuck on the island from Lost. O'Brien improvises a way to fix his coif before running into Hugo. "You want to come with me?" O'Brien asks before descending into the Hatch. "We weren't invited," Hugo replies.

O'Brien then finds himself in Dunder Mifflin, where he runs into the old gang from The Office. After that it’s a menagerie of old TV favourites: Jack Bauer from 24, Gregory House from House, Stan from South Park and To Catch a Predator.

The Office: 'I like a big fridge!' (2011)

The Office gang were joined by stars from 30 Rock, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Law & Order: SVU, Parks & Rec, Castle and Ashton Kutcher "wondering where the half man was." A truly funny moment.

'You Can Find it On TV' by Brian and Stewie from the Family Guy (2007)

The animated duo opened the 2007 Emmys with a song containing subtle digs at shows like the now defunct Scrubs. "With the antics of the lovable and talented Zach Braff/ Who reminds us that a sitcom doesn't have to make you laugh." Poor Zach. Wait, didn't he raise a whole bunch of money off Kickstarter for Wish I Was Here?

Jane Lynch vs. Mad Men (2011)

Glee's Jane Lynch catches up with the cast of Mad Men and tells them about a future in which people will be able to fast-forward commercials and watch TV on their phones. "And this haircut," she says taking a swipe at Don Draper, "costs more than your house."

Charlie Sheen says sorry (2011)

Was he kidding or being sarcastic? After getting fired from Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen wished Jon Cryer and the gang "nothing but the best" for their upcoming Charlie Harper-less season.

Michael Douglas and the "two-hander" (2013)

Veteran star Michael Douglas had the audience in stitches during his innuendo-filled acceptance speech for Best Actor last year. Douglas won for his role as Liberace, and thanked co-star Matt Damon saying, "You're only as good as your other hand," before adding, "You deserve half of this...so do you want the bottom or the top?" Backstage, Douglas said the reaction took him by surprise.

How I Met Your Mother cast stages an intervention for host Neil Patrick Harris (2013)

With NPH back for a second go-round, his castmates from How I Met Your Mother staged a spoofy intervention for people suffering from EHD – Excessive Hosting Disorder. The segment included a song and dance number, a cameo from Arsenio Hall and was brought to viewers by The Ryan Seacrest Center for Excessive Hosting. Cute.

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